Monday, April 11, 2016

This Week's Goals




Happy Monday everyone!  Would you believe the above photograph was taken just two days ago?  We had SNOW on Saturday.  In April.  I still can't believe it.  Anyway our weekend was filled with lots of fun as we enjoyed a delightful visit with family from out of state.  Here's a look at how my goals shaped up for last week and what I hope to accomplish this week.  

Last Week's Goals:
Marriage, Mothering, & Family
1.   Enjoy a fun weekend with extended family who will be visiting.  A great reward after lots of hard work cleaning this week.   We enjoyed a lovely weekend with family and even squeezed in a trip to the Creation Museum.  I even had the privilege of hearing Ken Ham speak while we were there.  After the weather finally started warming up we enjoyed a lovely 3.5 mile walk at the park.  
2.  Eva has one therapy appointment this week.
3.  Spend an afternoon dyeing eggs with the children.  (This year we were busy mourning the loss of a dear friend from church and we just never got around to it.  It isn't a necessity that we dye Easter eggs.  We have family coming in from out of town this weekend and plan on enjoying the activity together.  So this didn't actually happen.  If the kids are interested we can probably do it this week if we don't eat all of the eggs first!  

Homemaking
5.  This week I'm finishing up a two week spring cleaning and de-cluttering!  Woohoo!  I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I can't wait till this is finished.  I have been going through toys, clothing, closets, etc.  I guess you could almost call it Marie Kondo Round #2 although I probably won't take the time to go through my craft supplies this time.  By far my biggest accomplishment of last week was completing the majority of our spring cleaning.  I donated a lot to Goodwill and passed along a bunch of hand me downs to both of my sister-in-laws.  I still have the coat closet to clean, the laundry room, and a few walls that didn't get washed yet.  They are on my maybe list for this week.    
6.  Begin a new sewing project for Evangeline.  I will probably be sewing her a skirt or a t-shirt dress.  I would like to take a t-shirt and turn it into a dress (by adding a skirt to the bottom) sometime in the next month.  Has anyone ever done this?  I whipped up a fast skirt using fabric from my stash.  I'm thinking Eva needs at least two more.  

Personal
7.  I'm taking a cake decorating class that begins this week!  Yipee!  This is something I have wanted to do for years and I'm so excited.  I'm sure that it will prove to be a blessing to my family and hopefully others for years to come.  This was so fun and I learned so much!  
8.  Finish reading The God Empowered Wife: How Strong Women Can Help Their Husbands Become Godly Leaders by K.B. Haught.  This has been on my to-read list for at least four years.  This was good.  

Ministry & Friendships
9.  Hopefully catch up with a dear friend that I have been playing phone tag with for what seems like forever.  I tried and she tried but alas it didn't happen.  Just another great reminder that good friendships take work and cultivating much like a beautiful garden.  

Other
10.  Spend an afternoon helping my grandmother. 
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This Week's Goals
Marriage, Mothering, & Family
1.  Enjoy a workout date night with the happy hubby.
2.  Evangeline has two therapy appointments this week.
3.  Take the children on a walk one afternoon or to a picnic at the park.  

Homemaking
4.  Begin a packing list for our spring vacation!  I will also start physically setting some items aside in a tote.  Tote bags simplify my life like crazy!  I really should write a blog post about how I use them to stay organized.
5.  Spend one hour sewing on Eli's quilt.

Personal
6.  Prepare for and attend my cake decorating class on Saturday.  (I have to bake a cake to take with me and prepare icing.)
7.  I finally purchased a Fit Bit!  I'm really not sure what a realistic goal is but for now I think I"m going to start at 10,000 steps a day.
8.  Spend at least an hour working on my new crochet project.  I started working on this bag.

Ministry & Friendships
9.  Call my friend during the children's rest time one afternoon.
10.  Learn a new song to play for the offertory on Sunday.

What goals do you have for this week?  Do you own a Fit Bit or activity tracker?  



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Simplicity 1449 Review: Toddler Peasant Dress


This bunny dress came about after what was supposed to be a quick trip to the fabric store to buy materials for a baby gift.  Evangeline was with me and quickly spotted the purple bunny fabric.  Somehow that sweet fabric just grew arms and legs because it quickly found its way into my cart.  *Smile*  For the next week Eva proceeded to sweetly ask every time I sat down at the sewing machine, "Mommy.  You sew my bunny dress please?"  This sewing project quickly moved to the front of my to-do list!  Here is my review of the pattern.


First of all this was a great pattern!  I really like to sew peasant dresses and this one was a cinch.  I'm always a big fan of Simplicity patterns since they usually include great instructions.  For Miss Eva I sewed this dress in a size 1 since she currently wears 24 month clothing.  I sewed View D.


The big change that I made included sewing the bottom ruffle out of a different fabric.  I simply purchased 1/4 yard of the striped fabric while at the store.  (No cutting measurements were given if you wanted to use a different fabric for the ruffle.)  This ended up being too short to sew it in the same manner as the directions.  I just hemmed the bottom of my 1/4" yard of fabric, gathered the fabric, and sewed it along the bottom.  I think I would have liked a little more body but I was pleased with the overall affect.  I also added 1" to the length of the dress but this wasn't necessary.

Other alterations to the pattern:
I  subtracted 2.5" from the neck elastic edge for the size 1.
I serged all seams.



Next time I would like to raise the neckline of the dress about 1" if possible.  Overall this pattern was simply a delight to sew!  I wouldn't be surprised if I made this pattern two more times before the end of summer.  I think it could also be used to make a nightgown this fall.

You might also enjoy:
Simplicity 5936 Toddler Jumper Review
Butterick 4910 Toddler Nightgown (Also a Peasant Style)

Do you have a favorite toddler pattern to sew?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

This Week's Goals


We enjoyed a lovely Resurrection Picnic beside a lake last week.  
Spring is in the air and I can just feel it!  That means it's time to get all of my Spring Cleaning and Decluttering finished so I can spend as much time outside as possible.  

Marriage, Mothering, & Family
1.   Enjoy a fun weekend with extended family who will be visiting.  A great reward after lots of hard work cleaning this week.
2.  Eva has one therapy appointment this week.
3.  Spend an afternoon dyeing eggs with the children.  (This year we were busy mourning the loss of a dear friend from church and we just never got around to it.  It isn't a necessity that we dye Easter eggs.  We have family coming in from out of town this weekend and plan on enjoying the activity together.

Homemaking
5.  This week I'm finishing up a two week spring cleaning and de-cluttering!  Woohoo!  I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I can't wait till this is finished.  I have been going through toys, clothing, closets, etc.  I guess you could almost call it Marie Kondo Round #2 although I probably won't take the time to go through my craft supplies this time.
6.  Begin a new sewing project for Evangeline.  I will probably be sewing her a skirt or a t-shirt dress.  I would like to take a t-shirt and turn it into a dress (by adding a skirt to the bottom) sometime in the next month.  Has anyone ever done this?

Personal
7.  I'm taking a cake decorating class that begins this week!  Yipee!  This is something I have wanted to do for years and I'm so excited.  I'm sure that it will prove to be a blessing to my family and hopefully others for years to come.
8.  Finish reading The God Empowered Wife: How Strong Women Can Help Their Husbands Become Godly Leaders by K.B. Haught.  This has been on my to-read list for at least four years.

Ministry & Friendships
9.  Hopefully catch up with a dear friend that I have been playing phone tag with for what seems like forever.

Other
10.  Spend an afternoon helping my grandmother.

What goals do you have for this week?